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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-11 06:05 PM
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Kutsu o nuide kudasai. (Please remove your shoes)
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Edited on Sat May-21-11 06:36 PM by AsahinaKimi

Shoeless in a Buddhist temple in Thailand

This question came up recently, and thought I would share the answer for those of you
who are interested..

Sign in front of a Temple

Why in Buddhism do you remove your shoes before entering Buddhist services?

It's unhygienic to wear shoes indoors. Your shoes bring in a lot of dirt and filth from outside -leaves, insects, dog poop, gum, bacteria from the soil- all kinds of unpleasantness. If everyone wears shoes in the hall, it quickly becomes dirty and it may damage or mark the floor coverings. Buddhists like to have things last for a long time.

Shoes are for outside and in the bathroom. While Buddhists are pretty easy going and will let most things slide, you will simply not be allowed in wearing shoes.

Moreover, Buddhists do a lot of kneeling and sitting in lotus position or cross legged. It's not as easy to do that with shoes on.

As previously noted, it's also a mark of respect and simply a cultural and religious convention of etiquette.

Moreover, it's in the monastic code (the Vinaya) for monks and nuns that they are not allowed to teach Buddhism to anyone wearing shoes. Although this technicality is widely ignored, it has influenced the practices of the devout.
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  -Kutsu o nuide kudasai. (Please remove your shoes) AsahinaKimi  May-21-11 06:05 PM   #0 
  - I'm very uncomfortable not wearing shoes in other  xchrom   May-21-11 06:15 PM   #1 
  - That's actually a good practice  WolverineDG   May-21-11 06:25 PM   #2 
  - I once knew a Japanese girl who hated feet  chillspike   May-21-11 06:25 PM   #3 
  - A Japanese girl knows not to wear shoes  AsahinaKimi   May-21-11 06:30 PM   #4 
  - SOP in Hawaii. And any martial arts dojo.  bluerum   May-21-11 07:17 PM   #5 
  - Unhygienic?  jberryhill   May-21-11 07:40 PM   #6 
  - Perhaps you have never seen this...  AsahinaKimi   May-21-11 07:52 PM   #7 
  - Great, send those guys to my house and I'll have barefoot parties every day  jberryhill   May-22-11 01:10 AM   #13 
  - "If people wore shoes in that place, the floor would still be clean." perhaps so  AsahinaKimi   May-22-11 03:14 AM   #16 
     - Yes I know that  jberryhill   May-22-11 10:54 AM   #20 
  - What's that first guy using?  WolverineDG   May-22-11 10:27 AM   #18 
  - My boy was infected with Ringworm at Gymnastics.  formercia   May-21-11 07:53 PM   #8 
     - There are other things to cover the feet if one doesn't wear shoes.  Alameda   May-21-11 08:32 PM   #9 
  - My house has been shoeless for decades.  Warren Stupidity   May-21-11 09:10 PM   #10 
  - "walk around with their disgusting shit smeared shoes in our house"  Boojatta   May-22-11 12:22 AM   #11 
  - Or... Don't befriend people who can't avoid walking in shit.  jberryhill   May-22-11 01:20 AM   #15 
     - it is a metaphorical shit, not a literal shit  Warren Stupidity   May-22-11 09:31 AM   #17 
        - Curb your metaphorical dog  jberryhill   May-22-11 10:43 AM   #19 
  - I dont wear shoes in my home either  Vehl   May-22-11 12:33 AM   #12 
     - It's like the old saying..  jberryhill   May-22-11 01:13 AM   #14 

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